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Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales
by John Faber Jr, after Charles Philips Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, mid 18th century
12 3/4 in. x 8 3/4 in. (324 mm x 222 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- John Faber Jr (circa 1695-1756), Engraver and portrait and miniature painter. Artist associated with 816 portraits.
- Charles Philips (1708-1747). Artist associated with 18 portraits.
- NPG 2093: Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales (source portrait)
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Art and science
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